Pond Ave Residence in Wellfleet on Cape Cod

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Pond Ave Residence in Wellfleet on Cape Cod

Modern Residential Building in MA, USA – design by Hundred Mile House

Jul 16, 2019

Pond Ave Residence on Cape Cod

Architects: Hundred Mile House

Location: Wellfleet, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA

Pond Ave Residence in Wellfleet on Cape Cod

Photos by Lance Gerber & Stefane Barbeau

The Pond Ave Residence on Cape Cod was inspired by the mid-century modern heritage in the area (architects like Marcel Breuer and Walter Gropius did a lot of work here) as well as more natural elements found throughout Cape Cod.

Pond Ave Residence in Wellfleet on Cape Cod

The mixture of glass and black-stained mahogany siding was intended to blend into the rich black-brown pine tree forest, helping the house to almost disappear amongst the natural surroundings.

Pond Ave Residence in Wellfleet on Cape Cod

Pond Ave Residence in Wellfleet on Cape Cod

The inverted room arrangement with living space on the upper level raises you into the trees. The upper level is 50% glass and provides sweeping views of the lush neighborhood and the saltwater marsh, while the front and rear decks provide an easy transition to outdoor living in the warmer months.

Pond Ave Residence in Wellfleet on Cape Cod

Pond Ave Residence in Wellfleet on Cape Cod

The rugged concrete sea walls in the area that attempt to tame the rough winter storms inspired the raised cast concrete lower level which houses the bedrooms and provides an extreme sense of security and serenity.

Pond Ave Residence in Wellfleet on Cape Cod Pond Ave Residence in Wellfleet on Cape Cod

The intention with the overall design was to encourage relaxation and appreciation of the environment. The stairs help slow one down on the ascent and decent through the long, shallow steps. This almost forces you to not rush as you head upstairs in the morning or head downstairs to take a shower.

Pond Ave Residence in Wellfleet on Cape Cod Pond Ave Residence in Wellfleet on Cape Cod

Even the access to the stairs is around the kitchen and through the entry in the circular pattern which also forces one to take a more contemplative path past a number of lovely views out through the tree tops on your way. A utility core creates the only division within the upper level so the site lines and views of treetops are emphasized. On the lower level, rooms are also divided using closets, bathrooms, and sliding walls to minimize the number of interior walls intersecting the exterior structure, thereby increasing site lines and visual connections between spaces.

Pond Ave Residence in Wellfleet on Cape Cod

Pond Ave Residence in Wellfleet on Cape Cod

The main entrance is on the second level at the back of the house which also makes you travel a bit from the driveway through the lot and around the house so you’re also forced to appreciate the natural surroundings.

Pond Ave Residence in Wellfleet on Cape Cod

Pond Ave Residence in Wellfleet on Cape Cod

Finally the lower level rooms only have views into the courtyard. Since you can’t see any traffic or other activity, the focus is on the sun and gentle sway of the bamboo in the courtyard so you’re again reminded to slow down and appreciate the subtleties of the natural environment.

Pond Ave Residence in Wellfleet on Cape Cod

Pond Ave Residence in Wellfleet on Cape Cod

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Location: Wellfleet, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA

Image credits are Lance Gerber and Stefane Barbeau

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